"Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium" Film Due Out March 8th
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:59:48
On Tuesday, March 8th, Legacy Recordings will release, for the very first time, Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium, a full-length music film of Billy Joel's historic shows in July 2008 marking the last-ever concerts at rock's first great arena venue, known as Shea Stadium in Queens. Hey, a Billy Joel show at Shea was better than a Mets game, any day! Unless, of course, you were a Mets fan in the '80s.
Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium will be available in a CD/DVD set as well as a stand-alone DVD and stand-alone Blu-ray Disc.
The full-concert companion to the acclaimed Lionsgate documentary The Last Play at Shea, Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium features more than two hours of The Piano Man and his band offering definitive, and often transcendent versions of hits, rarities, deep catalog, personal favorites and crowd-pleasing surprises including duets with guest artists Paul McCartney ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Let It Be"), Tony Bennett ("New York State of Mind"), Garth Brooks ("Shameless") and John Mayer ("This Is The Time") along with exclusive DVD/Blu-ray bonus performances with Steven Tyler ("Walk This Way"), Roger Daltrey ("My Generation") and John Mellencamp ("Pink Houses"). What a hot list of collabs for Joel at Shea.
Built in 1964, Shea Stadium was the home of the New York Mets for 45 years. Designed as a multi-purpose stadium, Shea became the birthplace of arena rock when the Beatles appeared there August 15, 1965, establishing the ballpark as a pinnacle venue for rock's biggest names: The Who, The Police, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and others have all played Shea.
Chosen as the last rock act to play the venue, Billy Joel staged his Last Play at Shea concerts on July 16th and July 18th, 2008, rocking a combined audience of 110,000 fans with one of the most emotionally charged shows ever played at the historic stadium. After 45 years, two New York Mets World Series victories, the arena debut of The Beatles and Billy Joel's "The Last Play at Shea," the final section of Shea Stadium was torn down in 2009. R.I.P. Shea. You live on with this set.
A broadcast edition of Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium will premiere on PBS Great Performances in March.
Had you ever been to Shea Stadium? Any memories you'd like to share?